Topsail Adventures is run by us, Nick & Melisa, from our base here in North Dorset.
Nick is usually the Skipper aboard the Amelie Rose and Melisa occasionally does service as First Mate, but concentrates in the main on the running of the business (when she's not up in London pursuing other opportunities).
Back in 2009 we both left our City IT jobs to launch Amelie Rose and Topsail Adventures, with the aim of re-connecting as many people as possible with the great sailing heritage of our island nation.
Our mission is to provide inspirational holiday experiences on our beautiful wooden boat. We want our guests to get hands-on with the unique maritime heritage of Britain and to experience the thrills of sailing; enabling them to enjoy living within nature, harnessing her power and bringing them closer to the elements and to one another as a result. We aim to achieve this in a way that impacts our seas and the rest of our environment as minimally as possible. (Read more about our Green Policy here.)
More about us:
We love boats, we love sailing and we love the experience of meeting new people and involving them in our world. Between us we have thousands of sea miles under our belts and have sailed not only along the English Coast, but also in France, Greece, Turkey, Antigua and Cuba. We have a great deal of experience in the Solent area where we have been based for the last few years. Nick, who is generally the Skipper, is a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster and Cruising Instructor. The first mate will vary depending on the trip but will usually also be RYA qualified (Melisa is).
From City Streets to the Open Seas:
Although we have both sailed since childhood, we did the university thing and then developed careers in London, Nick as a Project Manager within Telecoms and Investment Banking, and Melisa in computer software within the Finance industry. While these career choices certainly paid the bills, the call of the sea had been growing in both of us for many years. In 2006 we decided a career change was in order, and that traditional wooden boats were the thing for us.
After deciding that Luke Powell was going to be the perfect person to create our dream, we got him to build a boat specifically with chartering in mind. Stunning, sturdy and solid, with plenty of space below decks and with the best Fridge, Cooker, Heating, Power and Safety Systems money can buy, Amelie Rose is truely the apple of our eye and a fine vessel upon which to carry out our mission. We have been giving people the opportunity to sail for years now, and really enjoy the journey people take from their first hesitant steps aboard, to confidently helming into an anchorage under sail. Our passion and enthusiasm for sail seems to rub off on others, and people often want to come back.
If you'd like to find out more about our journey from City Slickers to Boat Bums check out the article in our features section and don't forget that you can book Nick as a speaker for any event, large or small. He'll be able to tell you all about this fascinating life change first hand. There are more details about our Speaker Programme here.